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Graduate Student Instructor positions are only open to current or matriculating University of Michigan graduate students. Complete the application process on and then go to the following link to fill out an application: . A complete application includes this online form (which asks for basic academic and professional information on the applicant, a resume, and an unofficial copy of the applicant’s transcript). Each applicant must also name one recommender who will be asked to submit a short evaluation. Please confirm with your recommender ahead of time that s/he is willing to speak to your skills and work ethic prior to listing him/her on the application.

Questions may be directed to Kathryn Beeman at

Course Description

Applicants to this posting will be considered for one 35% GSI grader position in ASIAN 371: Natural Disasters in East Asia. More information on this course can be found on the LSA Course Guide (

ASIAN 371: Natural Disasters in East Asia

In recent years, the world has come to witness what appears to be an unprecedented level of destruction caused by a series of devastating natural disasters that have leveled entire cities, taken the lives of hundreds of thousand of people, and displaced even more. Stoking the popular imagination with dramatic images, the global media has come to depict hurricane Katrina, the 2004 Indian ocean tsunami, the 2005 Kashmir earthquake, the 2008 Wenchuan earthquake, the 2010 Haiti earthquake, and most recently the tsunami that hit northeastern Japan as the work of an unpredictable, uncontrollable, and essentially chaotic force. Although true in some respects, this way of understanding earthquakes, tsunamis, and other events tends to obscure the social, political, and historical side of these so-called “natural” disasters. When, in fact, did we begin to regard these events as the work of “nature” as opposed to, say, God or some other supernatural agency? On what basis do we classify a certain event as a “natural” disaster? Can we ignore the influence of class, ethnicity, education, and power on the making and outcome of these disasters? This course will bring these and other questions to bear on the historical and comparative study of natural disasters in East Asia and elsewhere. There are no prerequisites for this course, but some background in the history and culture of East Asia is recommended.


Attend lecture twice a week; grade all assignments in a timely manner and keep accurate records; attend regular meetings with the lead instructor of the course; hold up to two office hours in the South Thayer Building per week; mentor students in the area of academic writing; assist in final grading and assessment at the end of the term.

NOTE: ASIAN 371 fulfills the LSA Upper-Level Writing Requirement and necessitates the advising and assessing of students on their writing. A GSI who has not previously taken WRITING 993 will be required to enroll in it during the Winter 2018 term. WRITING 993 is a 1-credit course through the Sweetland Center for Writing.  More information can be found on the LSA Course Guide ( 

Required Qualifications*

Previous coursework in Asian studies. Strong writing skills, including knowledge of English grammar and mechanics.  

Desired Qualifications*

Undergraduate degree in Asian Studies or a discipline complimentary to the course content. Previous experience in higher education instruction, especially in regard to student writing.

Students whose undergraduate degree is from an institution where the language of instruction is not English must have already taken or be currently enrolled in the English Language Institute’s ELI 994. The student must have a passing score of 4 on the Oral English Test (OET). 

Background Screening

The University of Michigan conducts background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background checks. Background checks will be performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

Contact Information

Contact Kathryn Beeman ( with any questions related to your application.

Mission Statement

The mission of the University of Michigan is to serve the people of Michigan and the world through preeminence in creating, communicating, preserving and applying knowledge, art, and academic values, and in developing leaders and citizens who will challenge the present and enrich the future.  The University of Michigan is committed to foster learning, creativity and productivity, and to support the vigorous exchange of ideas and information, not only in the classroom but in the workplace by: 

  • Creating a work environment in which people treat each other with respect and dignity, regardless of roles, responsibilities or differences. 
  • Providing support, direction and resources enabling us to accomplish the responsibilities of our jobs and to reach the goals that are set for professional and personal growth.

Decision Making Process

All applications will be forwarded to the primary instructor of ASIAN 371. The instructor will make a hiring recommendation to the department. The recommendation will be reviewed by the Department Chair, who will then authorize the appointment paperwork.

Selection Process

All applications will be forwarded to the primary instructor of ASIAN 371. The instructor will make a hiring recommendation to the department. The recommendation will be reviewed by the Department Chair, who will then authorize the appointment paperwork.

GEO Contract Information

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Unsuccessful applications will be retained for consideration in the event that there are last minute openings for available positions. In the event that an Employee does not receive his or her preferred assignment, he or she can request a written explanation or an in-person interview with the hiring agents(s) to be scheduled at a mutually agreed upon time.

This position, as posted, is subject to a collective bargaining agreement between the Regents of the University of Michigan and the Graduate Employees' Organization, American Federation of Teachers, AFL-CIO 3550.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.